SOURCE: Huntington Learning Center

June 29, 2011 16:52 ET

A Summer School Alternative

How Tutoring Can Benefit Your Child When School Isn't in Session

ORADELL, NJ--(Marketwire - Jun 29, 2011) - With school districts across the country cutting summer school programs, what alternatives are available to parents who want to help their children avoid summertime regression and work on basic skills? "Many children could use a little extra help in school and summer is a great time to get ahead or address problem areas," says Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center. "Certainly, learning doesn't have to stop because school is over. Summer is a perfect opportunity to boost your child's chances for success in school."

If summer school isn't offered at your child's school, try exploring alternatives -- like a learning center. Huntington lists the following advantages of supplemental education in the summer:

  • Summer is an ideal time to fine-tune or improve skills. The hustle and bustle that accompanies the school year can be a great source of stress for many students who must juggle homework, activities, work and more. Without the pressure of typical school-year obligations -- and seven or eight hours more free time each day for three months -- many students are better able to reap the benefits of tutoring during the summer months.
  • Your child is the focus. It's not unfathomable that a child who learns at a different pace or grasps concepts in a different manner might fall behind in a class of 20 or 30 students. At a learning center, teachers work with students on individualized programs.
  • Individualized teaching methods help get to the root of the problem. At Huntington, teachers perform an academic evaluation of each and every student before beginning instruction so that they can first understand the child's strengths and weaknesses. Afterward, a program of instruction is customized for the child -- one that will meet his or her precise needs.
  • Student progress is carefully measured. Inevitably in a classroom full of children, it is difficult for one teacher to closely monitor the progress of every single student. Quality tutoring service providers measure student development at regular intervals and keep parents (and teachers, if requested) well-informed of their child's achievement.

Yet another advantage of working with a tutoring service provider is convenience. "At Huntington, we accommodate families' schedules," says Huntington. "If children continue to work with us during the school year, we're open weekends and evenings, too. Our goal is to give children the best education possible and we work with families to make the process as easy and stress-free as possible."

For more information about tutoring at Huntington Learning Center, please call 1-800-CAN-LEARN or visit www.huntingtonlearning.com.

About Huntington Learning Center
Founded in 1977, Huntington Learning Center is the nation's longest-running tutoring services provider. Today they continue to be an industry leader providing instruction in reading, writing, spelling, phonics, mathematics and study skills as well as SAT and ACT preparation to tens of thousands of students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Huntington prides itself on its unparalleled programs that help parents, caregivers and educators identify the gaps in skills and knowledge that can limit learning potential. Huntington's personalized programs of instruction enable children to excel. To learn more or to locate a center near you, call 1-800 CAN LEARN.